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The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day
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Marketplace: Meet Sylvia Day - The Steamy Baroness of Book Deals
Romance novels are big business these days.
That may seem like the ‘duh’ statement of the year, but finding out how big the romance novel industry really is still surprises you. Romance novelist Sylvia Day started writing just a decade ago, and she’s now is a #1 best-selling author in 21 countries.
Her most popular work is the book series “Crossfire,” which helped her land three seven-figure and two eight-figure book deals with different publishers in a three-month span last year.
Oh, and Lionsgate also bought the rights to turn “Crossfire” into a TV series.
A Short Guide to a Long Life by David Agus
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A Short Guide to a Long Life is divided into three sections (What to Do, What to Avoid, and Doctor’s Orders) that provide the definitive answers to many common and not-so-common questions: Who should take a baby aspirin daily? Are flu shots safe? What constitutes “healthy” foods? Why is it important to protect your senses? Are airport scanners hazardous? Dr. Agus will help you develop new patterns of personal health care using inexpensive and widely accessible tools that are based on the latest and most reliable science. Now go live life!
Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers) by Daniel Jones
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Here and Now: Learning About Love from ‘Modern Love’
Q with Jian Ghomeshi: NYT Columnist Daniel Jones on Modern Love
For nearly ten years Daniel Jones has edited the popular “Modern Love” column in the New York Times. Over the decade, he has read 50,000 stories about relationships lost, found and transformed. Along the way, he has learned quite a bit about the human heart. He shares his insights in a new book called “Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers).
Code Name: Johnny Walker by Johnny Walker and Jim DeFelice
All Things Considered: With Fearlessness and a ‘Code Name,’ Iraqi Helped Navy Seals
The Iraqi translator “Johnny Walker,” who risked his life working with the Navy SEALs to save countless American lives, reveals how his job made him and his family targets, forcing them to flee to California.
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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel
Robert Edsel and Bret Witter trace the lesser-known effort by an Allied division to find and secure European art that had been looted by the Nazis. They outline the dramatic story of how the men risked their lives and raced against time with limited supplies and scraps of information, sometimes obtained from colorful sources.
The Invention of Wings: A Novel by Sue Monk Kidd
All Things Considered: In an Age of Slavery, Two Women Fight For their ‘Wings’
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The Afternoon Shift: The Invention of Wings
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“A remarkable novel that heightened my sense of what it meant to be a woman - slave or free…will resonate with anyone who has ever struggled to find her power and her voice…Sue Monk Kidd has written a conversation changer. It is impossible to read this book and not come away thinking differently about our status as women and about all the unsung heroines who played a role in getting us to where we are.”—Oprah Winfrey, O The Oprah Magazine
Sue Monk Kidd traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert Gates
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Morning Edition: Obama Made Solid Decisions, but Was Swayed by Factious Staff
Here & Now: Steve Inskeep on his Interview with Robert Gates
MPR News Presents: Robert Gates Speaking About His Difficult Years as Defense Secretary
The Diane Rehm Show: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Airtalk: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Explains Controversial Memoir
From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he’d long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.
A Reader’s Book Of Days: True Tales From The Lives And Works Of Writers For Every Day Of The Year By Tom Nissley
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NPR Staff Picks, 2013 Recommended by Camila Domonoske, NPR Books staffJeopardy! champ Tom Nissley has created the world’s least useful, most wonderful reference book, a masterpiece with a wry sensibility. He seems to have read every interesting book ever published — did he have an army of elves to assist him? Does he sleep? Somehow, he’s gathered a half-dozen literary tidbits tied to every day of the year — scenes and plot fragments from innumerable novels, biting or admiring passages from long-forgotten reviews, significant dates from biographies. Whether you browse at random or read a page a day, this book will delight — and seriously up your literary nerd cred.
I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place By Howard Norman
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NPR Staff Picks, 2013 Recommended by Barrie Hardymon, Weekend Edition staff There are memoirs that suffuse you in the events of the author’s life. And then there is the rare memoir that simply soaks you in the soul of the author himself. I Hate To Leave This Beautiful Place is the latter. Howard Norman’s memoir is organized around five events that changed him — some are public, like the death of John Lennon, but most are intensely personal, culminating in a horrifying murder/suicide that occurred in his home and his recovery from the event. I read the book almost the way I would read poetry — reading line by line, making connections, thinking about how the language laid the life bare. To spend an hour or two inside Norman’s head is not only pleasurable; it feels like you’ve been sent a gift — go, make your connections, be human, love.
You Don’t Know Me But You Don’t Like Me: Phish, Insane Clown Posse, And My Misadventures With Two Of Music’s Most Maligned Tribes By Nathan Rabin
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All Things Considered: Finding Meaning in the Mosh Pit Among Often Reviled Groupies
NPR Staff Picks, 2013 Recommended by Petra Mayer, NPR Books staff Nathan Rabin, head writer for The A.V. Club, spent a few years immersing himself in the subcultures centered on two of the most different bands in existence: Phish and Insane Clown Posse. It’s easy to write both bands off, as either subliterate violence or noodly hippie nonsense. But if you’ve got preconceptions about either act — and Rabin admits, going in, that he does — prepare to let go and let the delightfully described weirdness wash over you. I cracked open this book thinking I’d rather pry out my teeth with a spoon than listen to Phish, and now … now I kind of want to go see them play.
Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid By Nikki Giovanni Buy Hardcover | KindleFeatured on public radio:NPR Staff Picks, 2013 Recommended by Amita Parashar, Tell Me More staff At 70 years old, poet Nikki Giovanni is loved around the world for her beautiful writing about home, family and food. Chasing Utopia sounds existential and distant, but the title actually refers to her very real search for an exclusive — an elusive — beer. I love that she keeps some humor in the book of poetry and essays, even as she says her mother’s death allowed her to dig deep into the dark parts of her past. My favorite poem in the book is “Podcast for Bicycles,” which you’ll love even if you didn’t major in English.
Cat Sense: How The New Feline Science Can Make You A Better Friend To Your Pet By John Bradshaw Buy Hardcover | Kindle Fresh Air: What’s Mitten’s Thinking, Making ‘Sense’ of Your Cat’s Behavior
NPR Staff Picks, 2013 Recommended by Petra Mayer, NPR Books staff I gave this book to every cat-loving friend of mine this year, and to judge by the number of times they’ve quoted it back to me, Cat Sense is an indispensable addition to the cat-lore canon. Even if it did make me feel guilty about having three cats: Did you know most cats really prefer to be alone? Cat Sense is jam-packed with fascinating (and contrarian) tidbits like that, covering everything from why cats purr to why they bring us dead things — and why we keep them around, even though their original purpose as mousers is mostly obsolete. Obligatory cat pun coming up … this book is a purrfect gift for the cat lady or cat dude in your life.
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The Summer Prince By Alaya Dawn Johnson
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NPR: School’s Out: 5 Great Summer Reads For Teens
NPR Staff Picks, 2013 Recommended by Petra Mayer, NPR Books staff In a far-future, post-nuclear-apocalypse Brazil, artist June and her best friend, Gil, find their lives upended when Gil falls in love with their city’s newly elected Summer King, Enki. Yes, it’s a post-apocalyptic, slightly dystopian teen love triangle, but with a twist: Our heroine becomes the third wheel in a sensitively depicted romance between her two male friends. And the antagonists in the city’s ossified government aren’t entirely unsympathetic. The Summer Prince is that rare young adult title that’s comfortable with ambiguity and nuance — bolstered with solid world-building and well-seasoned with tropical rhythms.
Sweet Delights From A Thousand And One Nights: The Story Of Traditional Arab Sweets By Habeeb Salloum, Muna Salloum, Leila Salloum Elias Buy Hardcover Featured on public radio:NPR Staff Picks, 2013 Recommended by Neda Ulaby, reporter, Arts Desk Bake baklava? Forget it. Mine always comes out gummy and sodden, unlike the crisply perfumed trays I get UPS’d from Detroit’s Shatila Bakery. (There, now you have my best dinner party secret.) That unctuous alchemy of nuts and honey dates from the 10th century, when princes and caliphs wrote cookbooks, sometimes in rhyme. Habeeb, Muna and Leila Salloum’s recipes stretch from the Gulf States to the Levant to North Africa and include both contemporary and historical versions (although sheep fat is thankfully replaced by butter). They also trace the DNA of Arab sweets in food from around the world, including cannoli, tres leches cake and ice cream cones.
The Pomegranate Lady And Her Sons: Selected Stories By Goli Taraghi
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All Things Considered: 'Pomegranate Lady' Depicts the Comedy and Tragedy of Exile
Bookworm: Goli Taraghi: The Pomegranate Lady & Her Sons
NPR Staff Picks, 2013 Recommended by Arun Rath, host, Weekends On All Things Considered I have met the pomegranate lady, and you may have as well. If you’ve ever made a disarmingly intimate connection with a stranger while traveling, you’ve had the experience. Connections and dislocations drive the characters in these stories: dislocations of place — exiles who end up in Paris, but never really leave Iran behind, and dislocations of time — elites who preserve a bubble of the “old,” secular, drinking, partying Iran — upon which modern, revolutionary Iran intrudes, with tragic-comedic results. Constantly moving between cultures is not easy on these individuals — but perhaps because of that, it reveals so much raw humanity, both cruelty and compassion.